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Experts predict fitness trends for 2014

- December 17th, 2013

The annual predictions are in from a respected panel of fitness experts (drum roll, please) …

GoodLife COO named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

- December 9th, 2013

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Congratulations to Jane Riddell. The COO of GoodLife Fitness has been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

GoodLife fetes Sherwood Park club this weekend

- June 24th, 2011

Today marks the start of the grand opening weekend for GoodLife Fitness in Sherwood Park.

Here are all the details:

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GoodLife’s expansion continues with Sherwood Park

- July 13th, 2010

image002Western Canada’s largest fitness chain is slated to open a second location in the Edmonton area.

Residents in and around Sherwood Park, just east of Aberta’s capital, soon will have a chance to live the “GoodLife.” A GoodLife Fitness facility is planned for Sherwood Park Mall, at 2020 Sherwood Dr., in the spring of 2011.

GoodLife Fitness, with more than 275 locations across Canada, arrived in Edmonton this past March with the opening of a southside facility.

I’ve been told that there are several more GoodLife facilities planned for Edmonton and area.

club_fitThis Edmonton explosion, GoodLife sources say, follows the relatively recent sale of Club Fit, which merged with World Health Club to become World Health. Got that?

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Former Club Fit owner David Hardy — extremely well-respected throughout the fitness industry — is a friend of GoodLife CEO and founder David (Patch) Patchell-Evans — who is extremely well-respected himself.

As the story goes, Patch purposely stayed out of Hardy’s territory as a favour to his friend.

However, when Hardy sold his majority stake in Edmonton-based Club Fit to Calgary-based International Fitness Holdings, well, all bets were off. And now GoodLife is moving in.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting battle between gym chains.

But more importantly, it’s a win-win for local gym-goers. The growing GoodLife-vs.-World Health competition will force both fitness clubs to offer their utmost in customer service as they battle to retain customers and win new ones.

So, back to Sherwood Park in Strathcona County.

The new 32,500-plus-square-foot club will boast both co-ed and ‘for women’ sections, according to a press release issued today.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second location within a year in the vibrant region surrounding Edmonton,” Patchell-Evans said in a release.

“We are committed to playing an active role in the community and helping all Edmonton and area residents get healthy and active.”

That excitement, of course, is echoed by the mall.

“Sherwood Park Mall is excited to welcome GoodLife Fitness,” said Sherwood Park Mall marketing director Tineke Buiskool-Leeuwma. “We are looking forward to a partnership to add value to our customers.”

GoodLife’s 23rd club in western Canada will offer all of the amenities the fitness firm is known for, including:

• Cardiovascular and strength-training equipment;

• Cardio theatre entertainment system with plasma TV’s;

• Group EXercise Studio;

• Group Cycling Studio;

• Hot yoga;

• Deluxe locker rooms;

• Child minding

• Large exterior windows and skylights;

• More than 75 pieces of cardio equipment;

• Access to the shopping mall;

• The edgy Les Mills group exercise programs such as BodyFlow (yoga moves), BodyJam (dance-based exercise to great music) and RPM (indoor cycling);

• Personal training;

• A virtual reality fitness and health assessment tool called the Visual Fitness Planner.

About GoodLife Fitness

GoodLife Fitness dubs itself “Canada’s largest and most successful fitness company and the largest fitness club chain in Western Canada.” It celebrated 31 years in business this year and was recently honoured with Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures award. David Patchell-Evans, GoodLife founder and CEO was also recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CCVA).

GoodLife owner eschews exercise excuses

- January 19th, 2010
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David "Patch" Patchell-Evans is a six-foot-four, 205-pound former champion rower.

After 30 years in the gym biz, David Patchell-Evans has heard it all when it comes to excuses for not exercising.

Give the 56-year-old CEO and founder of GoodLife Fitness — Canada’s largest fitness chain — an excuse and he’ll politely poke holes in your logic.

Patch, as he’s affectionately known, trots out the following six popular excuses for not exercising — and his response on how to get over each one:

1. “I don’t have the energy.”

Guess what? Exercise gives you more energy. Your lack of energy is likely because you are not active, not the other way around.

2. “I’ll hurt myself.”

If you’ve been inactive for awhile, start slowly and build up gradually. It’s not necessary to jump into things that are beyond your capability. Regular exercise strengthens your muscles and bones, so the more you exercise, the less likely you are to get hurt.

3. “I have to be so dedicated — it takes a lot of willpower.”

It doesn’t. All you need is 30 minutes, three times a week. This can get you to 95% of your maximum fitness within six months.

4. “I can’t afford expensive exercise equipment.”

You don’t need any. Many exercises do not require special equipment. Some activities, such as walking or running, don’t require anything other than a good pair of shoes and comfortable clothing.

5. “I don’t look good in shorts.”

Then don’t wear them! You can exercise wearing sweatpants and other loose-fitting clothes.

6. “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Ah yes, but tomorrow never comes, does it? There is only today.

David “Patch” Patchell-Evans is the author of The Real Sexy, Smart and Strong: 30 Tips to Boost Confidence, Get Fit and Feel Great, Inside and Out. He founded GoodLife Fitness 30 years ago in London, Ont.

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